HoloLens augmented reality and new directions in cardiology, or NFIC 2016

On 7-10 December, the 17th New Frontiers in Interventional Cardiology (NFIC) International Cardiology Workshop will be held in Krakow. More than a thousand specialists will sum up 2016 in cardiology and cardiac surgery. We will find out what new technologies have helped cardiology move forward, as well as what will be implemented in 2017. Awaiting participants are innovative treatments, the latest solutions and discussions of the most difficult cases.

The workshops, organised at the beginning of December, are an excellent summary of the year in the world of cardiology and cardiac surgery, as well as a taste of the new and breakthrough events in cardiology in the next year. What attracts participants is undoubtedly the perfectly tailored programme, demonstration treatments with life transmission from treatment and hybrid rooms in Poland and abroad, but above all, the news and technological advances in cardiology. The workshop directors are prominent cardiologists Prof. Dariusz Dudek, Prof. Jacek Legutko and Prof. Krzysztof Żmudka.

“Every NFIC shows the most effective and cutting-edge treatment methods for the next year. The meeting always takes place at the end of the year, which is when we analyse the newest publications and innovative therapies and technologies that have been implemented in Europe and in the US, but also on other continents, and analyse what is useful and possible to implement with Polish patients. Then, in the workshops, we present these latest treatment techniques and promising study results, which are the basis for implementing them in the following year in every field of cardiology”, says Prof. Dariusz Dudek, director of the NFIC workshop.

The workshop bar has been set very high this year. Among the many subjects, the specialists will present for the first time the innovative HoloLens method in cardiology – an application of augmented reality in medicine. The planning process of a procedure using the HoloLens will be shown in Krakow. A hybrid procedure of percutaneous aortic valve replacement will be planned with the use of 3D technology and augmented reality with the use and fusion of images from computed tomography and echocardiography. It will undoubtedly be a unique event, which will attract the attention of the participants and the media, as well as a real preview of a true revolution in cardiology and other areas of medicine.

The workshop directors emphasise the great importance of diagnostic imaging in cardiology, and innovations in the field will be presented during the NFIC workshop. The dynamic development of imaging methods means that EKG imaging or an “ordinary echo” image is less important in planning cardiac procedures, and a three-dimensional reconstruction of the image – whether using magnetic resonance or computed tomography – is becoming more important. These images allow more precise treatment planning than was previously possible using classical methods like two-dimensional echocardiography.

Another step will be the demonstration of the use of fibre-optic technology for data transmission from the patient to the desktop, where the doctor will have access to all the necessary parameters. Fibre-optics in cardiology means faster and more accurate data transmission, which allows for efficient and precise decision-making by specialists.

In 2016, the hybrid team from the Institute of Cardiology of the Jagiellonian University's Collegium Medicum carried out the first procedures in Poland of implantation of the TAVI valve to the mitral position. The TAVI valve can be implanted in the mitral ring present in people with a very high calcification of the mitral apparatus, as well as in patients after a prior surgical valve implantation or following surgical angioplasty of the mitral valve. The procedure is performed where there is a degeneration several years after a cardiac surgical adjustment, and implanting a TAVI valve is necessary – we call this implanting a valve in a valve, or a valve in a ring. It is a very complicated, difficult and demanding surgery, which has been performed only a dozen times in the world. This type of surgery was recorded precisely for the purposes of the NFIC workshop and will be presented to professionals from around the world. Experts stress that the implantation of biological valves in a mitral position is a procedure of the highest class.

Cardiologists will also touch on a very fashionable topic – Tailored Therapy. It turns out that the planning of optimal therapy based on general guidelines, but with attention paid to the specifics of the patient is necessary. This applies to the choice of medication, as well as the type and the dose. It also applies to equipment, so that – on the basis of diagnostic imaging and thanks to precise analysis of three-dimensional testing – the most precise equipment can be selected for a given type of heart or valve, a given morphology or valve disease.

Experts will also share experience in news on trans-catheter treatment of heart valves, including TAVI, which are considered a true revolution in cardiology. For the first time, a new generation of aortic valve will be presented. Specialists will also talk about the new generations of stents and bio-resorbable therapies, which improve the efficiency and safety of coronary artery disease treatment.

This is only a selection of the most interesting topics of the NFIC workshop in Krakow. Details can be found in the attached programme.

As part of the NFCI workshop, on 7.12.16, a central meeting of cardiac patients from Patient Clubs and Heart Schools will take place. This year, nearly 600 patients will be able to consult with specialists, learn first aid, as well as attend a debate, "The role of patient organisations in creating a cardiac care and treatment system”. Debate participants will include:

●Jarosław Pinkas, Deputy Minister of Health

●Józef Pilch, Voivode of Małopolska

●Tomasz Grodzicki, Prorector of the Jagiellonian University for the Collegium Medicum

●Maciej Małecki, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine of the JU CM

●Elżbieta Fryźlewicz-Chrapisińska, Director of the National Health Fund Małopolska Voivodeship Department

●Anna Prokop-Staszecka, Director of the John Paul II Krakow Specialist Hospital in Krakow

●Marta Mordarska, Director of the Małopolska Branch of the State Fund for the Rehabilitation of People with Disabilities (PRFON)

●Gerard Szczygieł, representative of the Metal Hearts Association

●Anna Śliwińska, President of the Polish Diabetes Association

●Halina Ciesielka, representative of the Patient Clubs of the Cardiovascular Center Foundation

After the debate, short lectures for the patients will be delivered. Prof. Dariusz Dudek will talk about the virtual patient in augmented reality technology, new methods of imaging, as well as tele-rehabilitation. There will also be a lecture on the social activisation of seniors. Special guests will include Rafał Ziomek, fencer, Paralympian and European Championship medallist, as well as Michał Najewajek, fencer, Paralympian, medallist of European and World Championships as well as the Olympics in Rio. The Paralympians will motivate patients to regular physical activity. 


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